Nashwauk Alliance Church
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Reaching Out & Reaching Up!

Developing Your Prayer Life

A Simple Plan for Prayer

This simple plan for prayer is designed to help you structure your times of personal prayer. Try it to begin with and then modify it as you learn to pray. Remember, prayer is about a relationship with God!

Worship  

Begin by thanking God for the things that He has done in your life. Be specific! But don't stop there. Ponder why God has done these things. He has done them because of who he is. Worship him for his character. Try framing your sentences like this, "Lord, I worship you because you are..." Key passages: Psalm 103:1-5.

Response 

Our response to God flows out of worship. We serve the Almighty King of the Universe! Our response should be one of submission to him. As part of your response, rededicate your life to serving him. Then repent of any rebellion in your life and ask forgiveness for any sins you have committed. He is faithful and just and will forgive your sins! Key passages: Psalm 51; 1 John 1:9-10; Romans 12:1-2

Waiting   

Prayer should be two-way communication. Wait expectantly before the Lord. What does he seem to be saying to you? Spend some time pondering a passage of Scripture. Key passages: Psalm 27:14; 27; 46:10; 123; Isaiah 64:4; Joshua 1:8.

Request

God is concerned about you. Bring before him the things that concern you. Pray that his will would be done in each situation. Then ask him what is on his heart. Are there things that he would like you to be praying about. Allow him to bring people and situations to your mind and hold them before him in prayer. Finally, ask him to give you a "long distance" prayer concern to hold before him. This might be a missionary or situation in the world far from you. By praying for things beyond your immediate area, you will grow in your knowledge of his kingdom and guard against continually praying only "selfish" prayers. Key passages: John 15:7; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2; Revelation 5:8.